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Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Vibrance Intimate Skincare System Giveaway

Not many giveaways starting this time of year. It is a good day to enter all those ending on this last day of the year. Here you can win a skincare system AND a $100 Visa gift card. Open to US residents only, you have through 1/20 to enter. Good luck.
Enter to Win the Vibrance Skincare for Women Kit + $100 Visa Gift Card at Mommy's Playbook

My V-Line Health, LLC, a company founded by leading OB-GYN, Jessica Ybanez-Morano (Dr. Jessica), has launched its first product, the Vibrance ™ Feminine Skincare System! Help us celebrate by entering this great giveaway for your own Vibrance Intimate Skincare System AND a $100 Visa Gift Card!

Steel Hart Book Blast, Guest Post, and Giveaway - RJ Blain’s 10 Favorite Books/Series (and why.)

Here we have book two in the urban fantasy/paranormal series from author RJ Blain. You also get a guest post from the author about her favorite books, and a giveaway, open through 1/24. Good luck.

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Jesse Alexander, #2
Urban Fantasy/Paranormal
Publisher: Pen & Page Publishing
Date Published: December 25, 2019

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With the Hope Diamond locked around her throat, Jesse Alexander finds herself in the unfortunate position of being a walking national treasure. With the Starfall stone poised to pulse and flood the world with more of its magic, she must figure out how to remove it before she becomes its pawn yet again.

Unfortunately, the stone has a mind—and plans—of its own. Add in a determined tiger, a wolf out for revenge, and an ultimatum to find her clan's missing Starfall stone, and it will take all of Jesse's wit and cunning to survive with her life—and her heart—intact.

5 Reasons to Visit Istanbul

The stunning city of Istanbul is where East truly meets West. From southeastern Europe, the bustling metropolis reaches into southwest Asia.

Consequently, the Turkish nation is a blend of different cultures and historical flavors. The modern skyscrapers of Istanbul stand magnificently alongside the minarets of ancient mosques. Travelers are spoiled for the diversity of experiences in cuisines, sightseeing, and sheer eventfulness, even in a short visit.

The city is a blissful place to reside for citizens and tourists alike. The permanent residents enjoy the gleeful aura with which Istanbul is furnished while tourists find themselves in awe of the intermingling of tradition and modernity. From centuries-old breathtaking architecture to museums, concert halls, restaurants, and clubs, the city has so much to offer. So, there’s no reason to not go to Istanbul as you’re bound to have a good time there.

Below are five reasons why visiting this place should be on the top of your wish list:

Monday, December 30, 2019

Can You Guess What the Favorite Video Game is in Every State?

Christmas has come and gone so now it is time for everyone to put out lists of the best/worst things they've done over the past year. Throw in what many people call the end of the decade, too, and you're overloaded with lists.

Well, here's another one from the team at They wanted to know the most popular video games across the US this year, from 'Fortnite' to 'Minecraft' and 'Call of Duty.'

The Great Gopher Boat Giveaway

I haven't posted any big-boy toy giveaways in a bit and happen to run across a giveaway for a boat. I think that qualifies. Can't imagine going boat fishing with snow on the ground but not all my readers live in a colder climate state, and... the giveaway doesn't end until the end of February, so there is plenty of time to get even colder. Unfortunately, I live in an excluded state (California, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, North Dakota, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Virginia, Alaska, and Hawaii), so can't enter myself. This is one of those cases where it paid to read the rules...

Sunday, December 29, 2019

Five Favorite Newsletters

Every once in a while I post about trying to reduce the amount of email and snail mail that I get, and that you should try to do same. My Unsubscribe Successful post was about reducing email, while Stopping Unwanted Junk Mail was about the physical kind. With this post, instead of telling you about how you can reduce the amount of mail you get, I'd like to highlight a handful of mailing lists that I actually find useful. One of them, I've actually been subscribed to since the early 1990s.

Saturday, December 28, 2019

Schleich Toys Holiday Giveaway

If Santa didn't bring everything your kid wanted, here's a chance to win $1,000 worth of figurines and playsets from the folks at Schleich. Don't ask me how to pronounce it, but you have through January 2nd to enter. I don't know if it is US only or not, but the company is based in North Carolina. Good luck.

Off Topic Holiday Party Game Review

Looking for something to do for your next party, like New Year's Eve? Consider the card game Off Topic. How's it work? Quick, name two things that start with the letter K for the topics TV shows, Excuses to call in sick, Hippie hobbies, and Words to describe your grandma. Well... that's basically the game, and you only get points if your answers are unique among all the players. So, if you think grandma is kind, you'll probably get no points, as many people might think of that, but if you use the word knowledgeable or are lucky enough to have a Korean one... you'll probably have a better chance to score, unless playing with a sibling.

Friday, December 27, 2019

Digital Ivy $4,000 New Beginning Giveaway

Here's your chance to start the new year off with a great win and to pay off all those Christmas bills. The giveaway is open to US residents only and ends on 1/20/20. Need to start getting used to writing 2020 for the year.... Good luck.

$2,500 Nordstrom Trunk Club Shopping Spree

Enter to win a $2,500 Nordstrom Trunk Club shopping spree. Just submit your email address before the year is done. US residents only. Then, to use the site (or credit if you win), you can create your  style profile to start working with an expert stylist. This involves a quick survey with questions like how you currently dress, what colors you dislike wearing, and what price points you're comfortable with for different clothing items. Ends 12/31.

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Learn to Program with the KinderLab Robotics KIBO Robot Kit

My day job is that of a software developer. In other words, I get paid to program computers for a living. When given the chance to review a KIBO Robot Kit, I couldn't pass up the opportunity. Sure, my son is 12 and the kit is designed for 4-7 year old, but I got it for me to play with, not him. Yes, you read that right, the robot kit is meant to teach 4-7 year-old children how to program the KIBO robot, no screen required. Perfect age for my nephew, but he's about 1,400 miles away.

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Popar Luminous SwagBag Backpack

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Backpacks are a popular way to carry gear – they’re comfortable, they can fit a lot of stuff and you can have your choice of styles from professional to athletic. But, why pick just one backpack style when you can have one that can change its appearance whenever you want?

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas

I'm not the best artist in the world so I grabbed a public domain picture to share.....

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to all. Hope Santa was good to you.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

J.P. Licks Gift Basket Giveaway / Boston-Area

J.P. Licks is a homemade ice cream and coffee cafe with 17 locations in and around Boston. Based in Jamaica Plains, Massachusetts, they've been around since 1981. Through the end of the year, they're running a gift card special where you'll receive receive a $5 bonus for every $25 gift card purchase.
To help promote their bonus, we're running a giveaway of a gift basket from them, which includes a gift card and some of their coffee. One big catch with the giveaway... you have to pickup the prize in person. So... technically...  the giveaway is open to anyone... you just need to be local to pick it up the gift basket prize in person, within like a week or so of being notified of winning.

Nintendo Switch Giveaways

There is still time to try to win a Nintendo Switch (or Lite). You might not get it for Christmas, but you can still try to win. Including end date and where giveaway entries are open to wherever possible. Good luck.

Alexandria Book Blast and Excerpt

We have an inspirational political fiction title here from author BDL. Along with that, you get an excerpt from the title. Enjoy.

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Inspirational Political Fiction
Publisher: Christian Faith Publishing

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Her biggest victory came at the finish line, but her greatest triumph was the End Game. Ruth is a legendary runner of the late twenty-first century whose biography inspires a dynamic political rebellion in a dystopic Judeo-Christophobic America. Her incredible World Class Life Story is paralleled by a quest to salvage her beloved nation from annihilation. But, she must first find a way to embolden a new generation of patriots to make a stand.

Alexandria ambitiously explores what happens in this type of society. Will this be the end of America? And freedom? Are you ready to see how this provocative epic tale unfolds? So get set. Get ready. And gear up for the spellbinding dramatic “End Game”.

Monday, December 23, 2019

Under a New Sun Series Book Blast and Giveaway

Here we have a five book sci-fi adventure series from author R.L. Blalock, with the latest book coming out next week. Along with the series info, there is a giveaway for an Amazon gift card and some swag. Open through 1/18/20. Good luck.
The Fall of Endurance 
Under a New Sun Book 1 
by R.L. Blalock 
Genre: SciFi Adventure 
Publication Date: September 30, 2019

A starship’s sirens scream into the void. Can a highly trained protector fight for peace on an unfamiliar world? 

It’s elite soldier Laure’s duty to protect the last of humanity. Four hundred years after Earth fell to alien invaders, she’s only known life on a colonization ship searching through space. But when the vessel is forced to crash land for emergency repairs, Laure comes face to face with a new breed of enemy. 

Struggling both to battle aliens and rescue her colonists, Laure never expects to find her other half on the strange planet. As her telepathic and physical bond with the alien grows, she’s horrified to discover the people she’s sworn to protect turn on her and consider her inhuman. 

Torn between two species, can Laure defend humankind from extinction? 

The Fall of Endurance is the first book in the futuristic Under a New Sun science fiction series. If you like alien encounters, high-stakes action, and strong heroines, then you’ll love R. L. Blalock’s riveting saga. 

Buy The Fall of Endurance to join the colonists in the stars today! 

**On Sale for only .99 cents!!** 

Termination Shock Book Blast and Excerpt

Gillian Andrews space opera series is just outo of this world. Only at book one of series but you have an excerpt of the title below. Enjoy.

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Book One of Interstellar Enforcement Agency
Space Opera (Scifi)
Date Published: First of December 2019

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In a galactic meltdown that threatens spacetime itself, the universe needs superheroes.  On offer:  a Spacelander with a slight attitude, an irritating protégée who talks back and vast alien beings who may span the cosmos but who have quite a problem communicating with other species.

The learning curve might be too steep.

Ryler Mallivan’s comfortable life as an upstanding young freighter captain has just imploded.  Avaraks are storming the training ship he is on and the bullets being fired are not blanks.  Interstellar war has broken out and unless he moves fast they will all be as stone dead as the instructor lying at his feet.

But this is one conflict they can never escape. The cause of the trouble is far closer than they know and will bring Mallivan and his ragbag fledgling crew under ferocious attack from all sides.

They are going to need all their wits about them if they are to stay alive. And they have to, because there is nobody else to save all their worlds from a doomsday weapon which is set to obliterate the entire cosmos.

Just how much can one lone spaceship do?

BRoken Exit Book Blast

We have hear a thriller from author K.N. Palmer. Apparently, it is a finalist in the 'First Novel' category of the 2019 Independent Author Network Book of the Year Competition. Worthy of a win?

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Publisher: Grosvenor House Publishing

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Terrorists have targeted the Prime Minister in a Post BREXIT Britain and Barnaby Aitken finds himself on the run, rescued from certain death by a father out with his son for the day.

As the security services mount a rescue, the terrorists are always one step ahead.

Will the PM see out the night or can MI5 discover who is behind the plot and get to him in time?

An explosive and enthralling ride through political divides and the desire to stay alive.

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Can You Guess What Every State Googles During Christmas?

In case you missed it, it’s almost Christmas, and the team at wanted to know what Americans were Googling the most around Christmastime. From “Santa Tracker” to “Best Christmas Lights Near Me” and even “Where to Buy Coal”, they found the most-Googled queries in every state!

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Derek Hyde Knows Spooky When He Sees It Book Blast

Here we have book one of the author E. Michael Lunsford's middle-grade paranormal series. Check out the title and be sure to enter to win a copy of book. Ends 12/21. Good luck.
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Derek Hyde Series, Book 1
Middle-Grade Paranormal
Date Published: 12-21-2019
Publisher: INtense Publications LLC

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Twelve-year-old Derek Hyde isn’t thrilled that the spookiest old mansion in town is about to become the Hyde Funeral Home & Used Coffin Outlet. Especially since he has to live there with his mortician parents, Jack and Formalda.

Of course, being driven in the family hearse to his first day at middle school doesn’t exactly add whipped cream to his broccoli.

As if things couldn't get more horrific, an evil classmate named Nussbaum attacks him in the cafeteria with a plate of beef stroganoff. Seems this kid used to love living in the old mansion himself, but got yanked out after accidentally blowing up his own mom and dad. With his chemistry set. Now his dead parents are stuck as ghosts and Nussbaum is a foster kid stuck on revenge, vowing to get even with Derek’s family for taking over his haunted home.

Derek desperately craves a nice place to live, but a couple of minor details stand in his way—just some blood-curdling apparitions that scare the pants off him and a classmate bent on landing him in his parents’ embalming room. As a client.

About the Author

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E. Michael Lunsford is the author of an award-winning play, Scary, Scary Night, and a book of wacky kid’s poems, Sometimes I Get My Shoes on Backwards, winner of the Readers’ Favorite International Book Award. His debut novel is the first of the funny Derek Hyde series of spooky middle grade books published by INtense Publications. Michael is also a musician, composer, inventor, entrepreneur and chief cook & bottle washer who works and lives with his wife and love of his life in San Carlos, California.

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Bluetooth Headphones Giveaway

How about winning some new headphones? Open to US residents only through 1/10. Good luck. 
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Pandora's Eyes Book Blast and Excerpt

Here's an interesting sci-fi series from bestselling and award-winning author James M. Corkill. You also get an excerpt of the book. Yeah, I know the pictures aren't working. Sorry. Holiday problems, should be cleared up by end of week I hope, if not sooner.

Alex Cave Series, Book 5
Science Fiction

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The color of your eyes will determine if you live or die!

When an alien spacecraft is discovered under the ice in Greenland, geophysicist Alex Cave is called in to investigate and makes contact with the artificial intelligence named Pandora, who claims ownership of our world for her genetically superior race of humans.

Lavender Chamomile Natural Spa Gift Basket Giveaway

Looking for that in-home spa getaway experience? Look know further. Just enter below through 1/16. Open to US residents only. Good luck.
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Friday, December 20, 2019

Bernie The Dolphin 2 DVDs Giveaway

I like giveaways with multiple winners and this one has five. Open to continental US residents only. You have through 1/8 to enter. Good luck.
Bernie The Dolphin 2 Giveaway

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Slice Blueberry Pie Coffee Giveaway

At times it seems they'll flavor coffee with anything. Open to continental US residents only, you have through 12/31 to enter. Good luck.
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1 Winner

This giveaway is part of our Holiday Gift Guide – Stop by to see all the giveaways and great products.

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Thursday, December 19, 2019

Baby Snakes Book Blast

Here's an historical fiction title from author Demarest Campbell. Check out the title and be sure to read the reviews. Good luck.

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Historical Fiction
Published: October 2019
Publisher: Lulu

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Winner of the 2019 PINNACLE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD for Literary Fiction.

In turn-of-the-Century Calcutta, Police Medical Examiner, Dr. E.B. Charron, feels protective of Delia, the Bohemian, meddlesome, only legitimate child of the aristocratic Moran family who might be more than merely harmlessly eccentric. An incipient alcoholic widow with a small, poisonous stepson, Delia maintains subversive relationships among the demimonde and infuriates her oddly possessive maid.

Praise for Baby Snakes:
“Baby Snakes is an original take on the Raj, full of wry humor, strong characters, and evocative descriptions that linger. Full-bodied characters and a darkly comedic narrative voice combine in Demarest Campbell’s Baby Snakes, a historical novel in which Brits behave badly under the Raj…Descriptions of people and locales blend dark humor with undercurrents of openhearted empathy and reach near-brilliant concision…”~ Foreword CLARION REVIEW

“Campbell’s darkly humorous historical novel follows the iconoclastic life of Cordelia Moran in 19th-century Calcutta. These well-drawn, decidedly British characters spend their steamy days in India in erudite, witty repartee… An elegant examination of the people and mores of a particular time and place in the history of the British Empire; perfect for anglophiles.” ~ KIRKUS REVIEW

“Fans of old-school classics like “Jane Eyre” and “Wuthering Heights” will fall in love with the dream-like prose here…The life cycle of this singular family felt entirely organic and deeply human. A uniquely delightful tale!” ~ Publishers Weekly BOOKLIFE

Okuda! Book Blast

Time for another sci-fi novel. This time from author Daniel B. Hunt. Check out what publisher iUniverse has to offer.

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A Dryden Universe Corporate Wars Novel
Science Fiction
Publisher: iUniverse

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Synapse Biotechnology bred Lucy Okuda to be the ultimate killing machine. What they did not anticipate is that Lucy is completely uncontrollable.

Bred to kill, Lucy Okuda has escaped her space station prison. A schizophrenic psychopath, hunted by the Obsidian Order, her former captives and tormentors, Lucy lives a life on the edge as M-Prov Carnival Supply Company’s premier assassin.

Jillian Caldwell is the most powerful woman who has ever lived. The CEO of Linn Corporation, she leads one of the three most powerful corporations in the universe. And someone wants her dead.

Yet in a universe rife with corporate deception and intrigue, all is not as it seems. And Lucy Okuda finds herself, along with a recovering drug addict, a criminal syndicate’s boss, and an advanced robot, on a mission that might just end in intergalactic war!

2019 Teleflora Love Out Loud Giveaway

Do you send flowers for the holidays? Here's the chance to win a give card/code to use immediately. Open to continental US residents only, you have through 12/23 to enter. Good luck. TWO winners.
2019 Teleflora Love Out Loud Giveaway

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